Standard of Faith
Seventh-day Adventists accept the Bible as the only source of our beliefs. We consider our movement to be the result of the Protestant conviction Sola Scriptura—the Bible as the only standard of faith and practice for Christians.
God is love, power, and splendor—and God is a mystery. His ways are far beyond us, but He still reaches out to us. God is infinite yet intimate, three yet one, all-knowing yet all-forgiving.
From neurons to nebulae, DNA to distant galaxies, we are surrounded by wonder. Yet the beauty is broken.
Love. Harmony. Perfection. Once, all creation sang the same glorious song.
Jesus left His followers with an epic mission: tell the world of His love and His promise to return. Also, they should love people the way He loved them.
God’s law in the Ten Commandments show us how to live and make clear our need for Jesus. Though the law shows us the path to follow and convicts us of sin, it’s about far more than just toeing the line.
From the Garden of Eden to the Tower of Babel, the destruction of Sodom to the Exodus from Egypt, God has always investigated before taking action.
Over the years, our church has agreed upon key statements that summarize the principal teachings Seventh-day Adventists understand from the Bible. These statements are made collectively by a group of scholars studying and prayerfully searching the Bible with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Currently, Adventists hold 28 fundamental beliefs that can be organized into six categories—the doctrines of God, man, salvation, the church, the Christian life and last day events. In each teaching, God is the architect, who in wisdom, grace and infinite love, is restoring a relationship with humanity that will last for eternity.
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Seventh-day Adventists can truly be regarded as a worldwide family of Christian believers.The Seventh-day Adventist church is one of the fastest-growing mainstream protestant Christian denominations in the world with more than 18 million members worshipping in a growing faith community.The General Conference coordinates the global ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and is responsible for the spiritual and developmental plans of the church around the world. The church is served through its administration of 13 world divisions and two attached fields. This office is located in Silver Spring, Maryland.
The North American Division oversees ministry in Bermuda, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, the French possession of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Guam, Johnston Island, Marshall Islands, Midway Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and the United States of America. There are about 1.1 million Seventh-day Adventist members among a population of 345 million. This office is located in Silver Spring, Maryland.
The North Pacific Union Conference provides a regional headquarters for the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church throughout the northwestern United States: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. This includes more than 98,000 members, 400 churches, and 140 elementary and secondary schools. This office is located in Ridgefield, Washington.
Washington Conference of Seventh-day Adventists serves as a spiritual training resource center for members in the western Washington region. This ministry territory stretches from the Canadian border to nearly the Oregon border, from the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. This office is located in Federal Way, Washington.
Each Saturday (Sabbath) morning, more than 23,000 members gather to worship in 110 churches, companies or groups in western Washington. Within these church groups, services are offered in English, Spanish, Russian, Korean, Tongan, Indonesian, Vietnamese and American Sign Language. The Seventh-day Adventist Church embraces people regardless of race, national origin, gender, color, age, marital status or disability. Washington Conference also operates a network of 20 schools and one summer camp.
Believing in the imminent return of Christ, our mission in Washington Conference is to proclaim the everlasting Gospel* of Jesus Christ to every person in the Puget Sound region inviting them to become fully devoted disciples of Jesus. *See Revelation 14:6-12
Every member, church and school reflecting the image of Jesus and working together to proclaim the everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ and His soon return.
Our Core Values
We value spiritual growth.
We value discipleship.
We value reaching lost people. (See Luke 15)
We value excellence, transparency and integrity.
Our mission, vision and values are part of our Reach Washington Strategic Plan.
Washington Conference of Seventh-day Adventists